Kings XI Punjab
Hardus Viljoen (Wrongly Retained)
The Proteas pacer was bought in the previous auction for a base price of INR 75 lakhs. He formed a potent pace attack with Sam Curran, Mohammed Shami and Ankit Rajpoot. However he couldn’t live up to the expectations.
He managed to bag only 7 wickets from 6 games at an average of 30.71. His best figures of 4-0-39-2 came against Delhi Capitals, but DC still won the game. KXIP should have gone for a better pacer but instead they retained Viljoen.
Sam Curran (Wrongly Released)
In the previous auction, the youngest Curran brother came with a lot of expectation. He became the most expensive foreign recruit as he bought for INR 7.2 crores. However his performance didn’t justify his price tag as the 21-year-old had a scratchy start.
He took 2 wickets in his first game but went for 13 an over. In his second game, he first delivered a brief cameo by opening the innings. Later he took a hat-trick to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against DC.
Against KKR, Sam dazzled as he scored 55 off 24 balls. All total he took 9 wickets from 10 games at an average of 32.30. This numbers suggest he shouldn’t be retained. But his potential with bat and ball and keeping in mind of a future prospect, he surely deserved one more chance.